Regal Reward by Elaine Violette

Marielle Henley, privileged and betrothed to Richard Craymore, has a secure future until her rebellion leads her into the path of the ruggedly handsome highwayman, York Blackstone. York, the first son of an Earl, turned thief, lives to avenge his family’s demise. His captive’s beauty and her sauciness makes it difficult for him to keep his focus on the prize, a hefty ransom for her return; that is, until she reveals the name of her betrothed. He discovers that she can bring him something money can’t buy, his birthright lost to him when his father was falsely accused of treason.

Marielle is unable to dismiss York’s contradictory behavior, one moment a tyrant, the next a gentleman, a much too attractive one. Is York Blackstone a fiendish rogue or the orphaned elder son of a once highly respected aristocrat? York’s cunning and invulnerable nature, hardened by life on the streets, is tested by Marielle’s alluring presence, but he will stop at nothing or allow anyone, including his lovely captive, to divert him from avenging his father’s disgrace.

York and his unlikely conspirators join together to bridge the gap between the power of the privileged and the determination of the discarded in society. York and Marielle’s passion for one another is seemingly lost in the web of conflicts. Could a meddling elderly aunt create the perfect plan to bring the two lovers back together?

Our review…


I loved this book. It had romance, adventure, and suspense. And puppies. If you love a swashbuckling kidnapping and swoon at the idea of the dual rake/gentleman hero, then this book is for you. Light on detailed sex scenes but heavy on the passion. Twists and turns until the end.

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Prophecy by Lea Kirk

Sci-Fi Romance, aliens galore, earth invasion oh my!

A nightmare of galactic proportions… One normal day turns into horror when Earth is attacked. Now ER nurse Alexandra Bock is imprisoned aboard an alien slave ship with no way out. She deems all aliens untrustworthy, including the handsome blue-skinned Martian captain who shares her cell.

A betrayal from within…One night of treachery leaves Senior Captain Gryf Helyg a prisoner of his enemies. Because of him, Earth’s inhabitants face extinction and his home world is threatened. But his plans for escape are complicated by his inexplicable draw to the Earth woman imprisoned with him. A chance to save both their peoples…

One ancient prophecy holds the key to free Alexandra and Gryf’s war-ravaged worlds. Can two wounded souls who have lost everything learn to trust and forgive in order to fulfill the prophecy, and find a love that will last for eternity?

Prophecy is Book 1 of the Prophecy Series.

Our review…

Aliens have invaded earth, and they are not friendly.

ER Nurse Alexandra Bock wakes up a prisoner inside an alien spaceship. She has to learn to interact with aliens, some of which know English or have translators and some that do not. Martiran Captain Gryf Helyg is also imprisoned by the aliens who invaded earth and he’s the key to stopping the invasion. Alexandra and Gryf must trust each other and work together to save earth. Main tropes include captivity, alien invasion, and some space travel, although that’s not the focus.

Prophecy is a good choice for readers who trend toward the romantic side of science fiction romance. There are several steamy scenes to keep you warm at night. I’m not a hard science person and I found that it had the right balance of science and romance. This book is the beginning of The Prophecy series and does not have a cliffhanger ending.
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